Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
HERE’s a chance to see one of Shakespeare’s greatest works for nothing – all in the picturesque setting of Ellenbrook’s Woodlake Amphitheatre.

Upstart Theatre Company is staging a free outdoor version of The Tempest, directed by Michael Lamont, through a collaboration with Ellenbrook Arts, LWP Property Group, the City of Swan and Australian Business Arts Foundation.

Lamont said the main challenge ahead of him was keeping Shakespeare’s work fresh, funny and engaging.

“These are the most performed works of any playwright in history so coming up with new and fresh ideas is a challenge,” he said.

The Tempest marks Lamont’s 10th Shakespearean production, as either actor or director, since first appearing in The Taming of The Shrew at age 15.

“I've always loved the vibrancy of Shakespeare's works and The Tempest holds a special place in my heart,” he said.

“The WA Youth Theatre Company's production of The Tempest in 2003 was the first Shakespeare I became involved with after leaving school and was the place where my wife Jo and I met Garreth Bradshaw, whom we started Upstart Theatre with.

“I’m also very heavily influenced by that production so I must be careful to remain faithful to my concept of the play and find my own direction to take.”

Lamont describes The Tempest as a story about magic and monsters, revenge and redemption, young love and old rivalries.

“It follows the exiled duke, Prospero, who spends years plotting his revenge against people who usurped him and abandoned him and his daughter on an enchanted island,” he said.

“When a massive storm, summoned up by magical powers, leaves Prospero's enemies shipwrecked on the island, the old duke sets about righting the wrongs done to him.

“But, in the end, The Tempest is a story of forgiveness, rather than revenge.”

Lamont fell in love with acting from age 11, scored honours in drama in Year 12, and went on to study it at Edith Cowan University.

Performing mainly with the WA Youth Theatre Company and Arena Arts and Entertainment, receiving numerous acting awards for a variety of shows, he formed Upstart Theatre in 2008.

The Tempest is the third free Shakespeare on the Lake season staged by Upstart, following successful seasons of The Taming of The Shrew and Othello.

Passion for the current production exudes from Lamont, who is equally enthusiastic about the open-air setting.

“Audiences can sit out under the stars in one of the most picturesque venues in WA and laugh and cheer at a fast-paced and energetic production,” he said.

“Some of the most beautiful language and hilarious situations ever penned will come to life in front of them.”

The Tempest plays at 7pm, November 26, 27, December 3, 4, 10 and 11 with 5.30pm matinees on November 28 and December 5. Admission is free.

Woodlake Amphitheatre is on the corner of Highpoint and Woodlake Boulevards, Ellenbrook, Western Australia.


tempest1: Desiree Crossing, Mario Piccoli and Garreth Bradshaw are performing in a free production of The Tempest in Ellenbrook.

tempest2: Cary Hudson is Alonso and Don Calliston get ready to perform free Shakespeare on the lake.

tempest3: Jackson Lorrigan and Dean McAskil are set to appear in one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, The Tempest.

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Upstart Theatre Company

The brainchild of Joanne Lamont, Garreth Bradshaw, and Michael Lamont, UPSTART THEATRE COMPANY AUSTRALIA was born in January 2008 when our three upstarters decided they wanted to do theatre their way. They decided it was about time Perth Theatre found itself on the international map. Thus, Upstart came into being. The aim of UTC is simple: A good story, well told.

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P: 0423 555 533
W: www.ellenbrookarts.com


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